Pistachios: massive crop damages in Iran

September 22, 2020 12:23 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN/SACRAMENTO. Despite all drawbacks ranging from US sanctions, over the government restrictions on foreign exchange transactions to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2019/2020 was surprisingly successful in terms of exports for Iran. As pistachio harvesting is in full swing attention has shifted towards this year’s production. Exports are, meanwhile, still lagging in the US.

50% crop damage in Rafsanjan

The Iranian Pistachio Association estimates dried in-shell production at 180,000 mt. Although this year is an off-year in terms of production, market players reckon that 2020 will, nevertheless, prove a fruitful year for round varieties, including Fandoghi and Kale Ghuchi pistachios. Trouble is the heat. The Rafsanjan Agricultural Organization, for instance, estimates that the heat weave in August with temperatures ranging above 37 C have damaged as much as 50% of the crop. The situation is particularly bad in the Kashkuyek region and in

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